*Steel minister, Audu, promises to kick start Ajaokuta production machine
Kasim Sumaina in Abuja
The newly sworn in Minister of Solid Minerals, Dele Alake, Monday hinted that his team was set to implement Mr. President’s directive in line with the mandate of the sector.
The Minister, who assume duty at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, however said that he had a road map to be unveil in the days ahead for the sector.
Alake, said: “Having worked with Mr. President in his cabinet as a commissioner for eight years, I understood what results are, and we are here to achieve results. I believe we can do it with all hands on deck.”
According to him, “We won’t allow bottlenecks to stifle our set goals, it’s either you shape in or you ship out. If you can really sit down to listen, you would understand that hydrocarbon is fading out and the attention of the world is shifting to solid minerals. So, we must get it right.”
Similarly, the Minister of Steel Development, Shuaibu Abubakar Audu, said it’s time to move the country to the G-20 industrialized nations level.
“The mandate of Mr. President is to ensure that we get it right in the steel sector and as a young ministry, we would work towards the production steel in the country in no distant time. We are set to kick start the Ajaokuta steel machine and Nigeria can not afford to fail in steel production,” Audu concluded.
In his remarks, the Minister of State, Steel Development, Maigari Uba Ahmadu, sought for collaborations with the sector’s stakeholders to achieve set goals.